Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Contributor Level: Purser

1 cruise (first)


Helpful Votes

1 out of 5


Sail Date: May 07, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Inside

Do not book with Norwegian Gem. It is a ship full of foreigners that hardly speak any English. You will be charged extra hidden fees. $14/day per person just to be on the boat. Everything on the boat is too expensive. The Bahamas are nasty and not worth it. Blue Lagoon is a joke and it's over $80/person EXTRA just to go there for 5 hours! No. We will NEVER go on a cruise again especially not with Norwegian Gem!

Cabin / Stateroom
Embarkation and Disembarkation
If you have a child that is 16 or older, they will need a photo ID and their birth certificate. My niece is 16 and check in refused to let her through with her family because she didn't have a photo ID.
Ship Quality
Toilet paper, urine all over the toilet seats. The bathrooms smell of urine. In the cabins they don't turn down the blankets they just make the bed. Rooms were filthy when we boarded and we not ready. The casino everyone smoked in flicking their ashes on the floor and it was nasty.
Destinations and Excursions
Way too expensive1 For example: The zoo in the Bahamas is $85 / person. You can take a 5 min taxi $ 5.00 and pay gen admission $18/person $6/00 children. Yeah! B/S!
Onboard Activities
There's two small pools and 4 hot tubs. one side is for adults and the other side is for children. Everything is old and needs to be updated. It's too small to accommodate that many people.
Children's Programs
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
New York, New York
Port Canaveral, Florida
CoCo Beach Florida was awesome!
Great Stirrup Cay (Cruiseline Private Island), Bahamas
We did not go! They refunded is $50/per person but never gave us an explanation why we didn't go. It's ridiculous.
Nassau, Bahamas
The island is nasty! All the coral is dead. It's a poor island with poor people on one side and rich people on the other. As soon as you get off the boat, you are surrounded by the natives trying to braid your child's hair or trying to hustle you. We had a police officer stop us and told us we should stay on the boat because it wasn't safe to be out. Unreal why these cruise ships even travel there!


Restaurants are overpriced! Loudspeakers in the pool area and sunbathing deck should be shut off! Extremely loud. Don't sail on the Norwegian Gem. Period! There is not one American worker on the ship. They don't understand English very well. This ship is a complete joke!

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